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When Life Gives You Lemons, EAT them. Get Healthy!

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There is an old proverbial saying , “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” meaning to take the sourness/bitterness of those lemons and turn them into a sweet/pleasurable  drink of lemonade…in other words to be optimistic in the face of adversity or challenge.

However, I say, when life gives you lemons…EAT them! Why? Because that bitterness, sourness will literally do your body much better than making a sweet, sugary lemonade drink!   Lemons (limes, oranges and other citrus fruits) can help your body become better balanced.

While these fruits are acidic in nature, they actually are alkaline producing to your body after they are digested.Lemons, especially, are used frequently in Ayurveda. They are generally pitta producing and vata calming, but can gently be used to treat, heal or simply maintain your bodily health.There are so many wonderful benefits of adding real lemon or lemon juice to your daily nutritional regime. Here are the Top 10 Benefits I have found to be extremely useful:

Top Benefits of Eating Lemons:

    1. Improves your skin texture.
    2. Improves your digestive power. (In Ayurveda, we call this agni...your digestive FIRE.)
    3. Decreases fat deposition.
    4. Relieves bad breath. Cleanses oral cavities.
    5. Decreases cholesterol by decreasing deposits in blood vessels so decrease risk of heart attacks.
    6. Assists in daily elimination of bowels.
    7. Works to detoxify your liver (helps dissolve kidney stones).
    8. Improves your immunity-works against colds and flu.
    9. Helps decrease your body’s production of phlegm…especially important during cold/flu season.
    10. Helps to absorb iron from natural foods. Because lemons are high in Vitamin C, they naturally improve your body’s absorption of iron in many foods including spinach, beans, lentils.

So the next time you feel like life has come at you just too hard and you are feeling challenged by those lemons being tossed your way, DON’t discard them…EAT them instead…a proverbial gift from the universe !

The Spices of a Healthy Life!

 

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Being raised in a Polish household, my mother made some fantastic food, but didn’t use too many spices in cooking, other than salt and pepper. Even the food in college was pretty bland. It wasn’t until I was in my late 20′s that I tried new foods with many different flavors and spices such as Thai, Mexican, Spanish, Indian and even Ethiopian dishes. And guess what I discovered?…VARIETY is the SPICE of LIFE!

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Who Does She Think She Is?

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I often get asked:

“Pam, what made you create PassionatelyPam.com? You have a unique background…from engineering school to getting your MBA at the University of Michigan and have worked primarily in a corporate setting.. Why the change in direction to becoming an entrepreneur in the health and well being industry?  You are not a doctor, so what can you teach me about improving my health?”

First and foremost, I LOVE creating change and growing things. The entrepreneurial bug bit me when I was about 10 years old and hosted kid shows in my neighborhood to raise money for animal shelters.  My mom relentlessly tells me how I was self driven and persevering at a very young age…and so it goes….

I created PassionatelyPam.com because I have a relentless desire to inspire others to optimize their health through balanced lifestyle, positive thinking and practicing their life purpose.

I created PassionatelyPam.com because I’ve learned that there is more to true vibrant health than nutritious eating and exercising. For the past seven years I have studied Ayurvedic health, a 5,000 year old Hindu system of holistic health and healing (including workshops at the Chopra Center in San Diego, CA), epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, emotional mind-body connections and many other disciplines of health.

I created PassionatelyPam.com because I want to blend my passions for science, health, dance (yep, I LOVE dancing) and music (I was born in Detroit and am a “ Motown” gal at heart) to create a more imaginative, free-flowing directive.

I developed PassionatelyPam.com to create a whole mind-body-spirit methodology that helps others find the way to greater health and happiness.

I started PassionatelyPam.com because of the work my daughter and I have already done supporting teens in the healing process. Collaborating with organizations such as Children’s Memorial Hospital-Chicago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Ronald McDonald Houses, I have seen first-hand how inspiring creative passions can bring healing and hope to those in most need.

And now that I’ve answered YOUR questions, I always like to ask one of my own:

“How can I help you find YOUR path to create vibrant health?”

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